Monday, March 23, 2015

Bunny Bait-MMMmmm Monday


I love spring and I love the popcorn popping on the all the beautiful trees.  

When my kids were a few years younger (like 10 years ago!) and the blossoms started popping they would begin to remind me that it was time to visit our nearby "Bunny Park." 

We loved the bunny park in the spring.  The park has lots of beautiful old oak trees with acres of underbrush, perfect for baby bunnies.  There would be lots of mama bunnies hiding in the thicket protecting their babies from their enemies... and curious children.  Every once in awhile the mama bunnies emerge from the bushes and go hopping through the park.  Sometimes we would see up to 20 or 30 bunnies all throughout the huge park.  All the kids would squeal and start chasing them in all directions.   Those bunnies were so fast!  

After several trips to the park without even getting close to those quick little fur balls we finally got smart and started bringing Bunny Bait (mostly bread crumbs).  We didn't try to hold the cute bunnies but we did get close enough, with our bunny bait, to feed them.  

Sweet childhood memories of spring at the Bunny Park.  Now that my kids are older they still like bunnies but our "bait" has changed a bit.

Here's our Bunny Bait recipe:


Mix together: Bugles, Chex Mix (the cheesy kind), Reeses p-butter eggs, small pastel colored malt ball eggs, M&M's, pastel colored candy corn, and Warhead Sour Jelly Beans.

Popped the mix in a mason jar with a cute label (from simplykierste) and twine.  There you have it...Bunny Bait!


Happy Spring...and newborn Bunnies!


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Sunday, March 1, 2015

Honey Lime Chicken Enchilada's - MMMmmm Monday

I got this yummy recipe from my friend Janay during a recipe swap. It has been one I have used over and over. There are lots of different Honey Lime Chicken Enchilada's out there, but this one is by far my favorite. Thanks Janay! I also saw an almost identical recipe on this site.

Honey lime Chicken Enchilada's



Ingredients:
1/3 cup Honey
1/4 cup Lime Juice (or 2 large Limes)
2 tsp. to 1 Tbsp. Chili Powder
2 large Garlic cloves, finely minced
1 pound chicken, cooked and shredded
12 Flour or Corn Tortilla's
2 cups Mexican Blend Cheese
1 can Black Beans
1 14 oz can Green Enchilada Sauce
1/2 to 3/4 cup Heavy Cream
non stick cooking spray
1 Tbsp chopped cilantro, to garnish

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place cooked and shredded chicken in a medium sized bowl. Set aside. In a small bowl, place the honey, lime juice, chili powder and minced garlic. Whisk together thoroughly to combine. Pout this mixture over the chicken and cover with plastic wrap. Allow to marinate for 30 minutes.

Spray sides of a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray. In a medium bowl combine the Enchilada Sauce and Heavy Cream. Spread about 1/2 cup of the mixture in the bottom of 9x13 pan. 

Add a large spoonful (about 1/4 cup)  of the chicken mixture down the center of each tortilla. Cover with a big pinch of cheese, then roll tortilla up. Place enchilada seam side down in baking dish. 

Repeat with the remaining chicken, cheese and tortillas. Use the remainder of cheese for topping the enchiladas in the pan. Pour the remaining green enchilada sauce over the top of the enchiladas. Bake at 30 to 35 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly. Serve with this delicious Cilantro Lime Rice recipe from I heart naptime. 

Enjoy!


Saturday, February 28, 2015

All Aboard the New Beginnings Cruise Ship


2015 LDS Mutual Theme
"Therefore, O ye that embark in the service of God, see that ye serve him with all your heart, might, mind and strength, that ye may stand blameless before God at the last day" (D&C 4:2).

What a great theme for the year!  How wonderful that so many young people (and their families) throughout the world will be focused on serving others.

Andrew S-An LDS youth from the United States said, "I think that this theme is the BEST!  It gives us a chance to really show ourselves to God and serve Him.  I think some great experiences will happen this year.  I can almost guarantee it."

I agree with Andrew.  I expect to witness some pretty great things this year as well...beginning with all the hard work and service that went into this exceptional evening of New Beginnings.

About a week before the big ship was ready for departure parents received this Embark Ticket with instructions to come dressed as a "Tacky Tourist."  The parents and young women stepped up to that invitation in a big way.  We saw lots of tacky tourists ready to board the YW Love Boat.



Bright colors, Hawaiian shirts, leis, cameras, binnculors, fun hats and even a cute sunburn.




As we boarded the ship we walked down the long passageway complete with beautiful blue ocean water and seaweed portholes. 


Brown spray painted paper plates, a few Cheerios placed just right, blue background and green raffia fashioned into seaweed.  Perfect!


At the ship check-in each passenger received a Passport that assigned them a "group" to go ashore with at each port.


All of the Love Boat crew were aboard this cruise line.  Julie, the Cruise Director (YW Pres.) welcomed all of us and introduced the Mutual theme for the year and then introduced Captain Stubing (Bishop).  We were split into 4 groups that followed Issac, Gopher, Doc, and Captain Stubing (our bishopric) to all the ports of call.  



We traveled around to the different ports and found out about Girls Camp (at Palisades), Sports, Personal Progress and their was even a Photo Op Spot aboard a little dingy.  




Once our shore adventures were complete we were invited back into the dining hall for a not-to-disappoint ship buffet of pudding parfaits, desserts and veggie cups.



Each young woman was asked to share some of the ways they planned to serve others during the year.  Once they had written down their plan they slipped it into a bottle with sand and sea shells and sealed it.  At the end of the year they will open it and see how they did!



A wonderful, informative, extra fun evening.  



It's an open smile on a friendly shore. Yes LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE! It's LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE!”



That is what service is all about...getting outside of yourself and LOVING others.


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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Strawberry Spring Salad

This salad is the bomb!!! (is this term still used by kids these days?) Well, I don't care, it is. I got this recipe from my friend Pam who got it from her sister-in-law Michelle. She graciously has allowed me to share it with you. You are so lucky! Your life will never be the same after you eat this delicious, quick and easy to make salad. You think I'm kidding? I'm not.  

Strawberry Spring Salad

1 bag spring mix
1 pkg sliced strawberries
1/4 sliced red onion
1 pkg candied pecans or almonds (sugar them yourself instead of buying. It's easy and tastes so much better)
1 pkg Feta or 1 log Goat cheese (I used to always use feta, but I really prefer goat cheese with it now)
Dressing:
1/3 cup vegetable oil
3 Tbsp. sugar
3 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
1 Tbsp. chopped parsley
1/2 tsp. salt
dash pepper
10 dashes Lousiana Hot Sauce

Prepare dressing and refrigerate. Prepare salad and mix all ingredients. Shake and mix dressing right before serving so salad doesn't get soggy. Enjoy!





Thursday, February 19, 2015

Four Corners-Primary Singing Time Activity

Four Corners
(We will review the song He Sent His Son CSB pg. 34-35)

This activity helps keep things fun when reviewing an already familiar Primary song.  With the Four Corner activity we sing the song many times…which offers lots of fun REVIEW!  

Thanks Sara Andersen Ferrell (Primary Chorister Facebook page) for the great idea! 

Before Primary Day
Review activity with Primary Presidency.  This activity requires ACTIVE Participation and may not be appropriate for what the presidency has prepared for sharing time. 

If approved, prepare signs and flipcharts.  I just googled the signs and added my instructions for children.  Cut out, laminate (if desired) and then attach a Popsicle stick.  For easy display pop all completed signs in an unused (or clean) paint can.




Primary Day
1.  Number each corner of the room (4 corners-Stop and Sing sign).
2.    Attached corresponding flip charts to the wall of each corner (2 each).
3.    Establish rules and ask for complete cooperation from children.  I will ask children to raise their hand if they are willing to obey the reverence rules. (Quiet sign)
4.  Divide the classes to the corners and ask to stand by number (encouraging reverence).
5.     Each group will sing their Q/A then listen quietly to the other groups.
6.    Once completed a reverent child will be invited to choose a “directional sign” that will explain how we move to the next corner.  (Directional signs to "walk" to the new corner- tiptoe, and sideways shuffle, arms folded, linked arms, hands overhead, follow the leader, etc.)  Now watch for the GO sign and move to next corner.






Our Reverence Rules
1 .    Must sing beautifully and have fun.
2.    Must obey the directional signs.
3.    Watch for the Quiet Sign.  Must be completely silent for next directions.
4.    Cannot move from corner to corner until you see the GO sign.
5.     If the traffic cops (Primary Presidency-at each corner) gives you a traffic citation (a tap on the shoulder) you must return to your seat and quietly wait for the activity to be over.  You might be invited back for good behavior.



Looking forward to Sunday's Primary Singing Time!


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Friday, February 13, 2015

My Funny Valentine

For my son's Valentine this year we decided to do something a little funny. What 3rd grade boy doesn't love to pull a practical joke? 

I found these cute Valentines on Paging Supermom. She has a ton of fun ideas and lots of printables as well. Check it out. 































Kellie's daughter is in Jr. High and wanted to get in on the Valentine action as well.  Tic-Tac-Toe Templates

 

We thought these Mini Tart Conversation Hearts (from Walmart) would be excellent tic-tac-toe markers.

















Slipped the tic-tac-toe card in a celophane bag, attached the stickers, then stuck the tart box on the front of bagged card with Tacky Tape.



A little shopping, cutting, sticking created a SWEET little Jr. High Valentine!












Thursday, February 12, 2015

Valentine Bottles of Love


Need a quick, inexpensive Valentine for your friend or sweetheart?  My daughter Bianca came up with this idea. 

1.  Gather your favorite juice or glass containers. 
2.  Wash and dry completely.
3.  Spray lid gold (if desired).
4.  Write a little love message on the bottle with Sharpie pen or paint. (Could also use vinyl lettering)

5. Fill container with your favorite (CHOCOLATE) treat!
6. Attach a Valentiney tag.  Used Made with Love tags.

Like Gold Polka Dot bottles?
Stick round stickers on bottles.
Spray paint gold, let dry and then peel off the stickers.  
As easy as that!


Thanks Bianca for the great idea!

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